Artists Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner, and Nastja Säde Rönkkö have removed their protest work, HeWillNotDivide.Us, 2017, after it incited illegal trespassing at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology gallery in Liverpool, where it was installed on March 22.
Consisting of a camera mounted under the words “He will not divide us” on the exterior wall of the building, the work was conceived as a participatory piece that would livestream footage of passersby repeating the phrase throughout the duration of Trump’s presidency. It originally opened at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, on Inauguration day. However, safety concerns led the institution to cancel the exhibition. LaBeouf and his collaborators moved the piece to El Rey Theater in Albuquerque shortly thereafter but pulled the plug for the same reason.
It was adopted by FACT gallery after the artists decided it was too dangerous to continue presenting the piece in the United States, since it was the target of “constant disruptions and hate-speech by far-right extremists.” After nearly two days in its new location, the Merseyside police were called to the gallery following reports that a group of men were trying to retrieve a flag emblazoned with the words “He will not divide us” from the roof of the gallery. The incident prompted LaBeouf, Turner, and Rönkkö to take down the work.